Pete Redford

The riots 1 year on: the actions of rioters are not to be defended but serious questions should be asked regarding the finger-pointing that followed

Pete Redford discusses the demonisation of rioters that followed the London riots last year. He questions the severity of the punishment meted out and the notion of a monolithic, welfare scrounging ‘underclass’.  As I write this just before the anniversary of the August riots I await the onslaught of coverage. Commentators, unforgiving and ruthless, will appear on our screens banding around the notion of a […]

Cameron and Welfare: Questioning the liberal Conservatism project

Pete Redford questions David Cameron’s commitment to socially liberal values. Despite his campaigning as a ‘liberal Conservative’, the prime minister has tacked noticeably to the right since becoming leader. His intention to restructure the welfare state underlines this point. When David Cameron became Conservative leader in 2005 he focused on modernising the party, breaking from the past and shaking the […]

Traditional values, not New Labour policy, will win Labour the next election. It’s time to go back to our social democratic principles.

Labour must ditch the belief that abandoning principles is necessary to win political power. Pete Redford and Kevin Hickson argue that the party must have confidence in its founding values, not in an attempt to reassure the disillusioned but simply because they are both right and popular with the electorate. To begin, we would like to thank David Miliband for taking […]

The Conservative 301 group of modernising MPs could create a powerful counterweight to the traditionalists in the 1922 Committee

 Pete Redford argues that the new 301 group of backbench MPs could allow David Cameron to create a tactical alliance with fellow modernisers that could help to keep the traditionalist 1922 Committee in check, and allow the party to firmly occupy the centre ground of British politics.   It would be easy to get lost in the plethora of Conservative backbench groups. From […]

Labour’s best chance for re-election lies in expressing support for an active state with social democratic values and avoiding the ideological vacuum of the Blue Labour movement and the Purple Book

Ed Miliband’s election as leader of the Labour party could be seen as a break from the technocratic New Labour project which disillusioned much of the party’s traditional support and took it away from its traditional values. In the first instalment of a three part series from across the political spectrum, Pete Redford argues that the party must embrace its social democratic […]

The EU Referendum rebellion has left David Cameron with little room to manoeuvre and is picking apart his liberal conservative project

While the House of Commons vote for a referendum on EU membership was easily defeated on Monday, it saw 81 Conservative MPs defy their party’s 3-line whip. Pete Redford argues that this rebellion shows the growing differences between the Conservative front and back benches over Europe – differences that could cause considerable headaches for David Cameron in the future.

David Cameron’s pragmatic ‘liberal interventionism’ approach to foreign policy differs from that of his Conservative predecessors

With the UK embroiled in an ever lengthening conflict in Libya and commentators questioning the UK military’s ability to carry out their commitments after 2015 following the cuts made in the Strategic Defence and Security Review it is surprising that the origins of Cameron’s foreign policy remain under researched. Pete Redford, together with Matt Beech, finds that Cameron’s foreign policy […]